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BigmanPigman

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Hometown: Phila.,PA
Home country: USA
Current location: San Diego, CA
Member since: Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:12 PM
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About Me

I am 57, retired teacher and illustrator, life-long dem., activist, union member. Also I do not use social media and I'm technologically retarded. I love dogs, rock music and swearing (a lot). My 17 year old "puppy" died on June 2, 2020. She grew up listening to Animals (Pink Floyd). She has kept me sane through the tRump years, not easy, and has given me endless love, companionship, kisses and tail wags.

Journal Archives

20K Christians Petition Catholic Group to Cancel Award for William Barr

20K Christians Petition Catholic Group to Cancel Award for William Barr Over His 'Corrupt Authoritarianism'

https://www.newsweek.com/20k-christians-petition-catholic-group-cancel-award-william-barr-over-his-corrupt-1533542

"Each year, the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast gives its Christifideles Laici award 'In Honor and Gratitude for Fidelity to the Church, Exemplary Selfless and Steadfast Service in the Lord's Vineyard.' Attorney General William Barr's work—which includes teargassing peaceful protesters in front of the White House, defending the president's lawless corruption and attacks on American elections, and reinstating federal executions—has nothing to do with service to the Lord, and cannot be described as fidelity to the Church," the Faithful America petition says.

Democrats Need a Plan. Fast. Here's how they can apply maximum...

"Here’s how they can apply maximum pressure, brand the process as the illegitimate farce it is and lay the groundwork for desperately needed reform."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/21/opinion/ruth-bader-ginsburg-senate-democrats.html

There are steps Democrats can take to apply maximum pressure, brand the process as the illegitimate farce it is and lay the groundwork for desperately needed reform that can reverse the damage early in 2021 if Democrats win in November. Distraught Democrats should understand that senators’ options are limited, but Democratic senators should understand the depth of voters’ desire to see their senators do everything possible to stop Mr. Trump from replacing R.B.G. This is an illegitimate process, and that is how Democrats should approach it.

There are a range of tools available to Democrats to apply constant pressure. The Senate operates on what are called “unanimous consent” agreements, or U.C.s — pacts that set the daily schedule and the terms of conduct for all business. Democrats can bring the business of the Senate to a halt by systematically denying U.C. agreements. This simply requires stationing one senator on the floor at all times — senators can rotate every few hours, they just need to be physically present on the floor to say, “I object,” anytime Republicans try to pass a U.C.

The Senate needs a quorum of 51 senators to be present to conduct business. Senate Democrats should force Republicans to produce quorums on their own. Republicans control 53 seats, but bringing 51 senators to the floor every time they need to conduct business is a major challenge. Notably, Republicans have more incumbent senators up for re-election than Democrats do, and every day they have to spend in Washington is a lost day of campaigning. It takes only one senator to do this: By noting the absence of a quorum, a Democratic senator can put the Senate into a state of suspended animation called a “quorum call” until 51 senators arrive on the floor.

Democrats can also boycott the confirmation hearings. The hearings are unlikely to influence the outcome. If the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh did not change any votes, neither will these hearings. Attending confers legitimacy, and refusing to attend will send a powerful statement that they deem the process and the nominee illegitimate. Democratic senators should keep in mind that if they participate in the process, even aggressively, history will record it as a “contentious” confirmation process, a common occurrence. Boycotting the process and disrupting Senate business, on the other hand, will brand it as fundamentally different from anything that has come before.

This brings us to the most important step: Democrats should commit to the structural reforms necessary to undo the damage Republicans have wrought. If Democrats win the White House and the Senate in November, they can pass reforms to rebalance our democracy through simple majority votes. The only thing standing in the way will be the filibuster...

Democrats should also reform the Senate so it better represents the nation. They can start by inviting territories bound by federal law but lacking voting representation in Congress to become states.

This is a dark time for Democrats, but it has the potential to be clarifying. The Senate is awash in myths and misconceptions about norms and traditions, most of which were invented to serve narrow political interests. Republicans’ naked hypocrisy will reveal that much of what senators assure us is grand Senate tradition is just hardball politics.

***Today Schumer invoked "two-hour rule" to block Senate committee hearings
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/schumer-invokes-rule-to-block-senate-committee-hearings/

ActBlue surpassed $200 million donated in the first 100 hours

after news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.

Is Halloween still being celebrated this year?

I saw all the Halloween candy and some masks of Biden (smiling) and tRump (scowling) at CVS but I assumed that due to Covid people were staying home. I was Pelosi last year and this year I was going to be The Grim Reaper/aka tRump mask, hooded cape and scythe. The year before that everyone was dressed as little RBGs.

DU Poll: Do you support masses going to DC if the election is stolen

by tRump, SCOTUS, GOP states' govts interference, etc? If a couple million protest in DC would it show who the majority is in the US?

*No Womens March announced for this year either (at this date due to Covid?).

Seth Abramson is saying Good-bye to politics this year...

Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) Tweeted:
The video below summarizes why I expect to stop working in political journalism this year. I don't want to waste my life toiling in a field where old men lie on camera and face *no consequences* at the hands of those to whom they've lied. I'm sick of this. https://t.co/tkwBz9Ax6Y https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1307863108115988481?s=20

Pennsylvania Mail-In Ballot Ruling Could Cause 100,000 Ballots To Be Rejected, Official Warns

A Pennsylvania election official said Monday that the state’s recent ruling governing so-called “naked ballots”—mandating that any ballots that arrive without a proper envelope must be discounted—could cause more than 100,000 mail-in ballots to be rejected statewide and could swing the presidential election because of the Pennsylvania’s key role as a swing state.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2020/09/21/pennsylvania-mail-in-ballot-ruling-could-cause-100000-ballots-to-be-rejected-official-warns/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here's What It Would Mean

https://www.nytimes.com/article/supreme-court-obamacare-case.html

The Affordable Care Act touches the lives of most Americans, and its abolition could have a significant effect on many millions more people than those who get their health coverage through it. Many millions more people would be affected by such a ruling than those who rely on the law for health insurance. Its many provisions touch the lives of most Americans, from nursing mothers to people who eat at chain restaurants.
133 MILLION. Americans with protected pre-existing conditions
21 MILLION. People who could lose their health insurance
12 MILLION. Adults who could lose Medicaid coverage
800,000. People with opioid addiction getting treatment through Medicaid
165 MILLION. Americans who no longer face caps on expensive treatments
60 MILLION. Medicare beneficiaries would face changes to medical care and possibly higher premiums
2 MILLION. Young adults with coverage through their parents’ plans
$50 BILLION. Medical care for the uninsured could cost billions more


If Kelly wins AZ he would be able to vote No on SCOTUS

"Democrats See a Glimmer of Hope Over Supreme Court Fight in Arizona’s Senate Race
If Mark Kelly wins a special election, he could end up casting a crucial vote on President Trump’s nominee."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/19/us/politics/martha-mcsally-mark-kelly-arizona.html

Does this mean we need only one more vote?

Chris Murphy: Covid is a pre-existing condition now. No ACA too.

Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) Tweeted:
Heads up - anybody in this country who has had COVID, or ever tests positive for the COVID antibodies, has a preexisting condition.

And when Trump rams through an anti-health care judge, and the ACA is eliminated, your rates are going through the roof.

FYI. https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1308029994287890433?s=20
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